BELLEVUE, Wash. -- Quality Food Centers here said store acquisitions and an extended fiscal year boosted sales and earnings for the fourth quarter and year ended Dec. 31. net earnings for the 45-store chain were $26.4 million, or $1.34 per share, a 1.5% gain over last year. Sales for the quarter increased 17.5% to $192.2 million. For the year, sales rose 11.1% to $575.9 million. Same-store sales rose 0.08% for the quarter, but fell 0.5% for the year. QFC attributed the drop to food price ...

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